News from the Central Labor Council of Middle Tennessee.

As the COVID-19 vaccine continues its successful rollout out and in-person gatherings with our Union family are beginning to feel safer and sa
The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO.

Democrat Joe Biden gained more of the vote from members of the AFL-CIO than Hillary Clinton did four years ago, its president said, crediting laborers for the party’s wins in key states.

"Simply put, we got out the vote," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters Thursday. "In Wisconsin, in Michigan, in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden's firewall was union made. And the labor movement is expanding the map--look at Arizona, look at Georgia."

As we start our day today, as expected, we still do not have a clear picture of the final results of the Presidential election. But do not be disheartened, Brothers and Sisters. This was exactly the scenario we anticipated.

Working families deserve a leader who will focus on “we, the people,” not just on the person they see in the mirror. Only Vice President Joe Biden can be that president. I’ve known Joe for 40 years. He loves his family, loves working people and loves our country. His “Made in America” plan will revitalize America's manufacturing in a way Trump never could. Biden doesn’t only have the best plan to beat the virus and help workers recover financially—he is the only candidate for president with a plan at all. And with a Biden administration, we’ll finally pass the PRO Act, allowing workers to join a union freely and fairly.

Do you have a plan to vote? Do you have a plan after that?

The upcoming election may be one of the most important in our lifetimes. Can we count on you to join us in casting your vote for our endorsed, pro-labor candidates? These candidates have a proven history of fighting for workers' rights and and the right to organize in our workplaces.

Over the past few months, President Donald Trump’s performance has been both unprecedented and unpresidential.

Today, all eyes are on Nashville for the final Presidential debate. Join us as we march to Belmont University to make workers' voices heard! This event will consist of a labor community meetup at 1450 14th Ave S (the Old Murrell School) at 4:00 pm followed by a short march up Wedgewood Ave to a larger demonstration near Belmont's campus. There we will hear from a variety of speakers including our President Vonda McDaniel and our endorsed State House candidate for District 49 Brandon Thomas. Traffic may be hectic with the scale of the debate event, so plan accordingly.

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting application for our November 2020 class! Applications are available online or on paper by request to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until October 31. We encourage anyone interested in our program to apply now or contact Sam Petschulat at 615-426-6671 with any questions or for any further details. We are so excited for this upcoming class and to bring so many talented new individuals into our program and into the labor movement!